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Bend Events

Rumor has it there’s something happening in Bend right now. And now. And...you know what? It’s safe to say there’s always something going on in our bustling little mountain oasis.
From festivals to concerts, bike races to brewery tours, get the inside scoop on what’s up in Bend, Oregon. If you’re planning a Bend vacation, use the search function to figure out what’s shakin’ when you’ll be here. We promise we’re planning something awesome.


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The Crux Fermentation Experience at Smith Rock

Crux Fermentation Project 50 SW Division St, Bend, OR

Depart Crux Fermentation Project for an awe-inspiring journey to experience nature’s handiwork at Smith Rock through a brewer’s lens. As we begin our descent into the Crooked River canyon we’ll examine the wildlife, geology, agriculture, water and rock which, when coalesced, give birth to wild yeasts, microflora, and bacteria that provide for the complexities of […]


Milky Way and Night Sky Outing Photo Workshop

Summer is a wonderful time to head out and take photos of our clear night sky here in Bend, Oregon. Join our local Pro Doug Bowser for a Astro photography night sky outing to a local pond. See and learn to capture the milky way as its core rises over the high desert landscape. If […]


Zoom Author Event: Oregon Off the Beaten Path by Kim Cooper Findling

Whether you’re a visitor or a local looking for something different, Oregon Off the Beaten Path shows you the Beaver State with new perspectives on timeless destinations and introduces you to those you never knew existed––from the best in local dining to quirky cultural tidbits to hidden attractions, unique finds, and unusual locales. So if […]


Mountain Bike Ride, Metolius Preserve

Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Jen Zalewski for a 6-8 mile mellow, beginner/intermediate* mountain bike ride at the Metolius Preserve. Visit all three sections of the forested 1,240-acre Metolius Preserve, following singletrack trails and dirt roads. Along the way we'll stop in various locations and talk about the many hidden qualities of the Preserve, […]


Bend Photo Tours – Shooting Off the Beaten Path

Wanderlust Tours 61535 S Highway 97, Bend, OR

We are beyond thrilled to be partnering up with Wanderlust Tours for this scenic backpacking Photo Workshop! We’ll get some exercise backpacking into camp, explore the area, maybe take a dip in the lake, and then explore some hidden gems for sunset and some astro-photography. On the cusp of a New Moon, the sky should […]


2021 Summer Concert Series: Take Me to the River

Wanderlust Tours 61535 S Highway 97, Bend, OR

Join Wanderlust Tours for our local Take Me to the River- in search of the soul of American music, where we will share the inspiration of the natural world through a canoe and kayak journey down the Deschutes River or a hike along its shores. Become a part of the story of the multi generational […]

Night Sky at Fort Rock Photo Workshop

August in Central Oregon is a beautiful and rewarding season for photographers. The Hight Desert around Fort Rock comes alive with blooming Rabbit Brush and summer thunderstorms add drama. Photograph the Night Sky and Milky Way at the exclusive for our workshop booked Fort Rock Historic Village.


Bend Photo Tours – Perseid Meteor Shower Photo Workshop

The Perseid Meteor Shower is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. Be sure not to miss this natural light show! Join professional photographer and night photo enthusiast, Toni Toreno share her tips and tricks to getting the best night photos…and with a little […]


Stars Over Newberry

Lava Butte 58201 US-97, Bend, OR

Join Discover Your Forest for an evening of bliss at the top of Lava Butte on Friday, August 13th. Attendees can listen to live music, eat and drink their way through a showcase of the Pacific Northwest’s edible highlights, enjoy a guided tour of the night sky during the Perseid meteor shower, and help raise […]


Sunriver Nature Center Bird Walk

Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory 57245 River Rd, Sunriver, OR

Walk with us on the wild side! Join Tom Lawler, expert local birder and nature photographer, to discover the rich bird habitats of Sunriver. With Tom’s keen eye and guidance, you will spot and learn to identify a variety of species found in the wetlands, meadows, and forests surrounding the Nature Center. Whether you are […]


Bend Photo Tours – Seeing in Black + White | Photo Workshop with Steve Giardini

Creating a dynamic black and white nature or landscape photograph requires pre-visualization, thoughtful composition, an appreciation of how colors translate to shades of gray, and a willingness to experiment. Join us for this interactive outdoor black and white photo workshop, including a editing recap, hosted by Professional Photographer Steve Giardini. August 21, 2021 | 3:00pm […]


Sunriver Nature Center Family Nature Hike

Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory 57245 River Rd, Sunriver, OR

Join a naturalist for a guided hike to explore our favorite spots in and around the nature center. We’ll be on the lookout for wildlife as we journey from the forest to the river. Hikes are about an hour long. Closed toe shoes are recommended. Same-day daytime admission to the nature center is included in […]


Battle of the High Desert

Central Oregon Shooting Sports Association (COSSA) 27050 Hwy 20, Bend, OR

On the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks and heroism that followed, RISE Challenge Events, Strength Warehouse, and Central Oregon Shooting Association (COSA) are proud to present the second annual Battle of the High Desert, also known as Battle HD, on September 11, 2021. This year’s theme for the event is “Never Forget” as […]


High Desert Chamber Music Pop-Up Concerts!

Old Mill District 450 SW Powerhouse Dr, Bend, OR

This is your last chance to attend a High Desert Chamber Music outdoor concert this summer! Violinist Isabelle Senger and pianist Janet Smith perform a mixture of classical favorites by Kreisler and Paganini, and also popular songs like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Danny Boy”. Join them in the Old Mill District overlooking the Deschutes […]


Intro to the Art and Science of Wildlife Tracking

Oregon Natural Desert Association 50 SW Bond St, Bend, OR

Join Oregon Natural Desert Association for an introductory exploration into the world of wildlife tracking with expert and educator Marcus Reynerson. During this virtual presentation, Marcus will share knowledge about identifying and interpreting the subtle signs wildlife leave in their high desert habitats. Come away with a new appreciation for and ability to see the […]

Bend Photo Tours – Painted Hills Photo Workshop with Christian Murillo

One of the "Seven Wonders of Oregon", the Painted Hills get their name from the delicately colored stratifications in the soil and the yellows, golds, blacks and reds and are a photographer's dream! Join Expert Photographer Christian Murillo as he takes you on a full day photo experience of this natural wonder in Oregon.


Full Moon Hike

Whychus Canyon Preserve 69899 Goodrich Rd, Sisters, OR

Join Deschutes Land Trust and Carol Moorehead on a full moon exploration at Whychus Canyon Preserve. The Native Americans had names for each of the full moons--September is the Corn Moon because it is when the corn is ready for harvest. Come explore the canyon at night and watch the Corn Moon rise. Using a […]


Play Forever Mountain Clean-Up at Mt. Bachelor

Mt. Bachelor 13000 Sw Century Dr, Bend, OR

The Play Forever Mountain Clean-Up Days are back again! Here’s your chance to show a little love for our favorite mountain and enter to win a Winter 21/22 Season Pass. Grab your sturdy hiking shoes, outdoor apparel, and head up to the mountain to help us collect litter on the slopes. Upon check-in at the […]

Nature Journaling

Whychus Canyon Preserve 69899 Goodrich Rd, Sisters, OR

Interested in learning how to combine outdoor writing and sketching with your joy of exploring nature? Join Deschutes Land Trust volunteer and passionate journaler, Kolby Kirk, for a morning of learning tips and techniques for keeping a journal while exploring Whychus Canyon Preserve's hiking trails! We'll discuss ways of seeing and recording the landscape, explore […]


Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Join Oregon Natural Desert Association on Friday, October 1 as they host a virtual, streamed-in-HD, Wild and Scenic Film Festival, and share a collection of films that speak to environmental concerns and celebrate our planet. The selection of films in Bend will take the audience on a journey throughout North America, highlighting stunning natural wonder […]


Central Oregon Landscape Photo Workshop

Autumn in Central Oregon with its pristine river scenes and lakes. Local professional photographer Zack Schnepf will guide you to some of the most photogenic locations.


RISE Troops Challenge

Wanoga Sno Park Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway, Bend, OR

RISE Challenge Events is proud to present the third annual RISE Troops Challenge obstacle course race on Saturday, October 9. What is the RISE Troops Challenge, and can I do it? Yes! All events are designed and created for any physical ability. We also have training options to prepare you for success. There are both […]


Sunriver FungiFest & Mushroom Show

Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory 57245 River Rd, Sunriver

Celebrate the fantastic world of fungi with Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory and the Central Oregon Mushroom Club. Admission includes: – Mushroom display showcasing hundreds of fungi specimens – Mushroom marketplace – specialty vendors offering fresh and dried mushrooms, artwork, native plants, mushroom hunting products, field guides, food, and more! – Cooking demonstrations with Chef […]


Fall in Central Oregon Photo Workshop

Our professional photographer Charlie Borland will lead you to some of our best kept secrets here in Central Oregon during the season for fall colors. We will look for autumn colors around the city of Bend and the town of Sisters.


Bend Photo Tours – Fall Foliage Photo Workshop

There is no question that fall colors are a force to be reckoned with in Central Oregon, and we can show you the best places to find those epic colors! Join us for an epic day along the McKenzie River where we will stop by some waterfalls, trek along the river and take in all […]


Winter Wonderland Family Program

Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory 57245 River Rd, Sunriver, OR

Gather your family and help us kick off winter in our very own wonderland! We’ll start out on a short nature hike to learn about the high desert’s winter animal residents. We’ll then celebrate the season and help wildlife by making birdseed ornaments and garland. Last, but not least you’ll be able to share your […]

$10 – $15

Homeschool Day: Animal Adaptations

Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory 57245 River Rd, Sunriver, OR

What makes a successful predator? How do different animals survive in our winter environment? Your students will explore these questions and more as they observe animals and biofacts and discuss the similarities and differences between major animal groups and the adaptations that aid each animal in survival. Afterward we will become eco–explorers and put our […]

$10 – $15

Nature Night: A Low-to-No Snow Future

Deschutes Land Trust 210 NW Irving Avenue, Suite 102, Bend

Mountain snowpacks have historically acted as large, natural reservoirs of water, as well as providing awesome recreational opportunities. In recent decades, however, snowpack has declined—another sign of a changing climate. If our climate continues to warm, snow loss will be exacerbated across the Western US, termed a “low-to-no snow future.” Join the Deschutes Land Trust, […]